First trimester fatigue
25th Jun

2014

With tiredness in early pregnancy, I cannot help but making a comparison with chooks; needing to keep our precious fertilised egg warm and safe in a bed of feathers – it’s because you feel like you just want to lie in bed and sleep all day. Most ...

The Oral Contraceptive Pill
19th Jun

2014

The oral contraceptive pill (OCP) comes in two main forms: the combined oral contraceptive pill (COCP) (which contains the hormones oestrogen and progesterone) and the progesterone only pill (POP).  Both are effective contraceptives when used in the ...

First Trimester Screening Ultrasound
24th Jun

2014

At 12 weeks of age your baby is about 7.5 cm from top to toe (called the crown rump length), and even at this size an ultrasound is able to examine important developing structures such as the brain, heart, organs in the abdomen and bones.   Ultrasound ...

Your baby’s movements during pregnancy
17th Jun

2014

Most women will feel their baby move between 18 and 20 weeks of gestation, depending on whether it’s their first baby and where the placenta is located.  First movements are frequently described as “flutters” or a “swish”.  As your baby grows ...

Peanuts in pregnancy
10th Jun

2014

Peanut (and other nut) allergies are common in children, and are on the rise, with an estimate of 3 per 100 children affected in Australia. Although 20% will outgrow their allergy, exposure to peanuts can result in severe anaphylaxis for other sufferers. ...

Morning Sickness
3rd Jun

2014

Over 50% of women will experience some form of nausea in the early weeks of their pregnancy.  The majority feel the worst effects between weeks 6 and 14 with a tapering of symptoms thereafter.  Unfortunately “morning sickness” is unlikely to be ...